We’re looking for a Campaigner / Senior Campaigner to join the team!

Fair Agenda is a community of 35,000 Australians campaigning to win changes that bring us closer to a fair and equal future for women.

We are seeking an experienced and driven campaigner to join our team as a Campaigner (at either Junior or Senior level). 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in driving campaigns, mobilising tens of thousands of Australians for women’s rights, and persuading political, corporate and community decision makers to put fair on the agenda. 

They will join a small but mighty team, and drive campaigning in a nimble and impact-focused organisation. They will work across a range of issues, including: addressing gendered violence, reducing women’s economic inequality, improving women’s representation, defending reproductive rights among other pressing issues of the day that are undermining women’s right to live with dignity. 

About Fair Agenda

Fair Agenda’s staff team supports our 35,000 members to strategically mobilise on issues that matter to them. 

We leverage rapid online, social and media campaigning tactics to put issues affecting women on the agenda for decision-makers. And work in partnership with service providers, policy experts, and people with lived experience to change the policies that affect women’s lives. 

Since launching our first campaign almost 5 years ago the Fair Agenda community has helped win important change for women, including: 

  • Helping to secure an additional $150 million of federal funding to improve responses to family and domestic violence, 
  • Blocking cuts to working parents’ time to care for their newborns that would have hurt 79,000 working families a year, 
  • Working with partner organisations and survivor advocates to help stop $34 million of scheduled cuts to Community Legal Centres, which would have hurt tens of thousands of women affected by family violence,
  • Securing $4 million of additional funding for domestic violence hotline 1800 RESPECT to ensure thousands of women’s calls weren’t left unanswered, and
  • Helping to decriminalise abortion in Queensland.

Plus much more. 

About the role: Campaigner

A Campaigner will deliver tactics to mobilise tens of thousands of Australians, and persuade political, corporate and community decision makers to put fair on their agenda. 

They will work closely with the Executive Director and Campaign Manager to drive campaigns and innovate tactics to influence change.

Specifically, a Campaigner will be responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering tactics to win campaigns on issues affecting women,
  • Writing and editing action emails to Fair Agenda members,
  • Developing video and visual content to engage members with campaigns,
  • Supporting and training Fair Agenda members to participate in or lead campaign activities, 
  • Writing press releases and organising media actions,
  • Developing and delivering tactics for member fundraising, including planning events, and writing fundraising emails, 
  • Other ad hoc activities as discussed with the Executive Director.

As a Campaigner your day might involve things like:  

  • Writing an email to tens of thousands of Fair Agenda members, to engage them to take a campaign action, 
  • Scripting a video to explain a campaign issue to our members on Facebook,
  • Working alongside the Campaign Manager to plan tactics on a major campaign,
  • Delivering a digital training to Fair Agenda members to prepare them for a meeting with a decision-maker, or
  • Analysing data about member actions, to understand how to better engage members of the Fair Agenda community.

We also anticipate that any successful applicant will have the opportunity for significant internal professional development; including participating in strategy and planning meetings for campaigns, as well as meetings about their own areas of work and responsibility. As part of our investment in team members, we also anticipate opportunities to receive mentoring from other staff members.

Skills and experiences

The key skills and experience required for this role are: 

  • Excellent copy writing and communication skills, with a capacity to write in campaign email formats,
  • Experience delivering campaign tactics,
  • Experience working on community driven campaigns,
  • Attention to detail, 
  • Comfort in fast-moving work environments,
  • A can do attitude, ability to learn new skills and adapt to new contexts quickly,
  • The ability to flourish in a self-directed work environment, and
  • A dedication to building a fair and equal future for women.

Any of these additional skills or experience would be considered valuable:

  • Understanding of and/or training in anti-oppression, 
  • Experience producing videos or visual campaign assets,
  • Experience using Nationbuilder to deliver communications, create webpages and manage members,
  • Proven ability to achieve fundraising results online,
  • Experience growing or managing an online membership,
  • Proven ability to secure media coverage,
  • Experience engaging productively with decision-makers from across the political spectrum.

The level of the appointment (Junior or Senior) will be made based on the relevant experience and capacity of the applicant to efficiently conduct the activities of the role. For example, a Senior Campaigner will have strong experience not only delivering, but also developing campaign tactics, and capacity to contribute to discussions about campaign and organisational strategy.

Working with Fair Agenda

As an organisation, Fair Agenda works to live up to these values:

  • Making sure our work is impact focused 
  • Being intersectional in our approach
  • Being collaborative wherever possible, and
  • Standing with, not speaking for. 

As a team, our cultural principles are:

  • We value our people, and recognise that people have lives beyond work (and that those lives sometimes throw us curve balls),
  • We celebrate success (with cake!),
  • We value constructive feedback, to make sure we’re having the greatest impact possible, and
  • We’re willing to try new things, and recognise that not all of them will succeed – and believe in “failing fast”.

While Fair Agenda itself is a very small team (the successful applicant will be the third member of the team), we’re part of a broader community in Progress Central, where we share office space and community with dozens of campaigners working on social and environmental justice issues. 

Further information

The indicative salary ranges for these roles are:

  • Campaigner (Junior level): $54,000 – 60,000 pro rata p/a (plus super)
  • Campaigner (Senior level): $60,000 - $67,000 pro rata p/a (plus super).

The Campaigner role is available on a full time basis for someone at a junior level of experience; or 0.8 FTE basis at the senior level. The role offered will be on the basis of relevant experience. And final position details and salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Flexible working conditions are negotiable. 

The work will commence from a negotiable start date in early August, on an initial 3 month contract, with a possibility of extension.

There is a preference for the successful applicant to be located from Fair Agenda’s office space in Melbourne, but applications from people willing to work remotely from other locations (and in the same time zone) will also be considered. 

We note that Fair Agenda recognises that issues of gender inequality disproportionately affect people who are also marginalised for other reasons – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people living with a disability, people from working class backgrounds, and LGBTQI people. We value the expertise that comes from lived experience; and so encourage people who are members of these and other marginalised communities to apply for these roles.

We also believe in investing in the capacity of our team; and recognise the importance of building a team with strong potential as well as experience; so we encourage those who might not have strong experience in every area to still submit an application.

To express interest 

To express interest in this role, please send:

  • A cover letter outlining your relevant experience, 
  • An example of a piece of communications material you have written (if you have written a campaign email or page before that would be ideal, but any example is sufficient),
  • A copy of your resume 

To Fair Agenda’s Executive Director Renee Carr via [email protected] 

Expressions of interest will close Midnight Tuesday 23rd July. (But please note that if there are extenuating circumstances we can be flexible around this deadline). We encourage those who can, to submit earlier, as we will process on a rolling basis.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a practical task as the next step in the process. Scheduling of this is flexible, but anticipated between 24th July - 28th July. We estimate this will take approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

Ideally we will invite the successful candidate to start in early August.